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Jalen Berg, Colo. teen, sets condo on fire after fighting with his father, police say

Jalen Berg CBS Denver

Jalen Berg
CBS Denver

(CBS/AP) DENVER - Authorities have arrested a teenager they believe started a fire in his father's Lakewood condominium after the two were involved in a fight.

According to CBS Denver, 19-year-old Jalen Berg and his father were involved in a violent physical fight with kitchen knives and a baseball bat.

Police say they believe the teen, who also lives in the condo, set the blaze to retaliate for the fight.

The father was not at the condominium when the fire started, according to the station.

Berg is reportedly being held on charges of first degree arson, 14 counts of attempted murder, child abuse, felony criminal mischief and felony menacing following Friday night's fire.

The apartment was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived, and the entire condominium complex was evacuated.

The station reports six of the units were extensively damaged.

Berg and one other person were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

The arrest affidavit says the fight erupted after the son forgot to pick up his father from work. The teen reportedly denies having started the fire.

According to CBS Denver, Jalen's criminal record includes possession of dangerous drugs and carrying a concealed weapon.

  • Iris Carreras

    Iris Carreras covers crime for CBSNews.com

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